Grasping the Neck: The Origins of Charleston’s Northern Neighbor

August 24, 2018

How well do you know “the Neck”? Perhaps you know a bit, and you’re open to learning more about its history and its present challenges. Or perhaps you’re confused by this strange anatomical reference and have no clue what I’m talking abo...

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The Great Memory Loss of 1865

August 17, 2018

This week, in honor of the 235th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Charleston (13 August 1783), I’d like to draw your attention to a little-known but incredibly important fact about the history of this city. During the early days o...

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Join CCPL this fall for community baby showers

August 15, 2018

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- New and expectant mothers and families are invited to learn about community resources available to help your child from pregnancy, birth, and beyond. Below is a list of the remaining events. 

Hurd/St. Andrews Library  

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Benne Seeds in the Lowcountry

August 10, 2018

For most folks in the Lowcountry, the word “benne” brings to mind images of benne wafers, those small, sugary, brown discs that you’ll find in local shops marketed as one of Charleston’s signature treats, if not the signature treat of the ...

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Check out CCPL telescopes to watch the Perseid meteor shower

August 8, 2018

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Have you checked out one of CCPL’s telescopes to check out the night sky? This weekend is a great time to check one out because the best meteor shower of the year, according to, will be criss-crossing the skies.


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Head back to school with these CCPL events

August 6, 2018

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Get ready for heading back to school with plenty of fun library events. From giveaways to games to movies, we have something for everyone! 



Back To School Giveaway (children and teens)
Aug. 1-Aug. 15
Cooper River Memo...

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The Watch House: South Carolina’s First Police Station, 1701–1725

August 3, 2018

South Carolina’s first police station was a brick “Watch House” constructed around 1701 at the intersection of Broad and East Bay Streets in Charleston. Built to shelter both the town’s nocturnal watchmen and the lawbreakers they caught on...

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Cooper River Memorial Library reopens after power outage Wednesday

August 1, 2018

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - Cooper River Memorial Branch reopened Thursday after a power outage on Wednesday forced the branch to close early. 

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I am the Trickster: The Resurrection and Burial of Charles Barker Nixon

July 27, 2018

After last week’s cliffhanger, we now return to the story of Charles Barker Nixon, a traveling magician and escape artist who came to Charleston in 1876 to be buried alive for the amusement of a crowd of spectators. This week we’ll witness his...

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The Slippery Enchanter of 1876: Charles Barker Nixon

July 20, 2018

Charles Barker Nixon, an itinerate magician who once styled himself “the Slippery Man,” came to Charleston in the summer of 1876 to present the most elaborate and dangerous illusion of his career. Over the course of a few weeks, this flamboyan...

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